Feb 16, 2020
The Watcher
Posted by Nikki Grimes Bryan Collier

A poetic story inspired by Psalm 121 Jordan lives in fear of Tanya, the class bully But Tanya has worries of her own, no matter how much she tries to ignore them It seems impossible that Jordan and Tanya could be anything other than enemies, but the Lord is watching over them, guiding each of them along a path that might just help them to understand one another Nikki GrA poetic story inspired by Psalm 121 Jordan lives in fear of Tanya, the class bully But Tanya has worries of her own, no matter how much she tries to ignore them It seems impossible that Jordan and Tanya could be anything other than enemies, but the Lord is watching over them, guiding each of them along a path that might just help them to understand one another Nikki Grimes takes the words of a Psalm 121 and masterfully transforms them into a golden shovel poem of compassion, friendship, and faith Coupled with powerful artwork from Bryan Collier, this heartfelt story is one that readers will treasure.

  • Title: The Watcher
  • Author: Nikki Grimes Bryan Collier
  • ISBN: 9780802854452
  • Page: 315
  • Format: Hardcover
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    The Watcher A poetic story inspired by Psalm Jordan lives in fear of Tanya the class bully But Tanya has worries of her own no matter how much she tries to ignore them It seems impossible that Jordan and Ta

    Carla Johnson-Hicks

    This was a very interesting read Using Psalm 121 as the base for the story, it is written in the Golden Shovel Poem form I had never heard of this before and the book explains what it that is at the back of the story Jordan is afraid of Tanya, the class bully Tanya stutters and is teased, she has no friends but she really wants one When Jordan and Tanya begin to move towards one another they do so with prayer and understanding As the psalm says, the Lord is watching over them There is a good mes [...]


    Kelly

    I read this book because it was WORLD Magazine s children s picture book of the year, and it didn t disappoint The story poem follows Tanya and Jordan and their relationship as school bully and bullied Each line of this narrative poem ends with the next word of Psalm 117 a style of poetry called golden shovel The poetic style was interesting, but I think what I loved most about this book was its explicitly religious message The book is not written for a Christian audience yet illustrates how liv [...]


    Cheryl Neer

    This powerful picture book has so many interwoven themes bullying and friendship, faith, Grimes golden shovel poetry, and Bryan Collier s fantastic photo collage illustrations My favorite picture book of 2017.


    Dawn Rutherford

    I m enjoying Grimes exploration of the Golden Shovel, a form of poetry I wasn t familiar with In addition to this book, I m also reading her One Last Word, which is delightful.


    Anastasia Tuckness

    The Watcher is an amazingly beautiful and touching book on many levels the artwork, the subject matter, the characters, and most of all the golden shovel poems Each page s poem contains text from Psalm 121 and furthers the story of Tanya, Jordan, and Israel and their families and classmates This book would be perfect to share with older readers who themselves are dealing with bullies, poverty, and all the other troubles life throws at us Answers to these troubles are never easy, but acting on yo [...]


    Donan Nealon

    The Watcher is a beautiful book that could inspire many kids to write illustrate similar works of their own I especially appreciated seeing a specific form of poetry tell a story I was not familiar with the golden shovel form which the author describes succinctly at the end of the book This form takes words from a poem in this case Psalm 122 and creates a new unique poem in which each line ends with a word from the original If a reader only looks done the right margin, she would find the origina [...]


    Summer

    Using the timeless, comforting words of Psalm 121 in The Holy Bible, The Watcher weaves together the voices of a diverse group of children grappling with a range of serious challenges, from bullying and illness, to the perils of being an outsider Grimes, known for such classics as Bronx Masquerade and Come Sunday, writes poetically and with all the assurance of her faith, demonstrating with this story of big questions and small acts of kindness how God s hand is always at work in our lives The t [...]


    Laura

    This is a very cleverly written book based on Psalm 121 It is written in such a way that the last word of each line of text is emboldened, and then the bold words then read a separate message within themselves So you have two narratives alongside each other Although this does mean that at times the paragraphs themselves don t flow so easily, as though they ve been written purely with the intention in mind of ensuring that the last words on each line make sense This book addresses Jordan who is i [...]


    Michelle Kidwell

    The Watcherby Nikki Grimes, Bryan CollierWm B Eerdmans Publishing CompanyEBYRChildren s FictionPub Date 09 Oct 2017 Archive Date 09 Oct 2017I am reviewing a copy of The Watcher through Wm B Eerdman s Publishing Company and Netgalley In this book Nikki Grimes uses the Words of Psalm 121 to help tell the story of Jordan who lives in fear of Tanya the class bully Tanya is dealing with a sick Grandmother at home, and her Grandmother is the one who cares for her, but because her Grandmother is sick s [...]


    Margaret Boling

    12 27 2017 Nikki Grimes does what she does so wellls a narrative story in picture book form using a collection of poems Jordan fears Tanya, the class bully, but gradually comes to understand the conditions in Tanya s life that prompt her actions As he begins to reach out to her, the possibility of a friendship emerges This book could provide an excellent springboard for a discussion of empathy.The 121st Psalm forms the framework for the poems which tell the story of Tanya and Jordan Each line of [...]


    Joan Marie

    A must have for my collection Based on Psalm 121, Grimes weaves a poignant story about faith, compassion, and friendship And she frames it a difficult poetic form to pull of the golden shovel and she does it with finesse Ms Grimes explains this form of poetry in the back matter You take words from an existing poem or psalm in this case and arrange them to the far right of a line Then fill in the left side with words that end with the original words, creating a whole new poem It s definitely a di [...]


    Ames Public Library Youth Services

    The Watcher is an amazingly beautiful and touching book on many levels the artwork, the subject matter, the characters, and most of all the golden shovel poems Each page s poem contains text from Psalm 121 and furthers the story of Tanya, Jordan, and Israel and their families and classmates This book would be perfect to share with older readers who themselves are dealing with bullies, poverty, and all the other troubles life throws at us Answers to these troubles are never easy, but acting on yo [...]


    Spike"s Place

    Based on Psalm 121, Grimes weaves a poignant story about faith, compassion, and friendship And she frames it in a poetic form that is difficult to pull off the golden shovel and she does it with finesse Ms Grimes explains this form of poetry in the back matter And the illustrations are filled with as much emotion and depth as the writing Kudos to both Grimes and Collier Click here to place a hold on this book in the library catalog.


    Donna Merritt

    Based on Psalm 121 The Lord watches over you , these are golden shovel poems In a golden shovel, you take lines from an existing poem, arrange them along the right margin, and create a poem that ends each line with those words Challenging, but effective Add another layer Nikki Grimes uses this form to reveal the lives of Jordan living in fear and Tanya a bully who lashes out because others tease her for her stutter If they each allow God to speak to them, can they break through the barriers, des [...]


    Linda

    Like her verse novel, One Last Word , Nikki Grimes used the golden shovel poem method from Psalm 121 to tell this story of a boy, Jordan and a girl, Tanya Jordan appears terrified of Tanya, the class bully, yet slowly he begins to gain her trust And he discovers some of her troubles one is hunger and brings cookies and a beginning friendship Illustrations by Bryan Collier amaze Collaged mixed media art fills the pages with equally mixed emotions.It would be interesting to discuss with a group to [...]


    Salamah

    Nikki Grimes is a favorite of mine but this book is exceptional It will be in heavy rotation as I help students explore poetry The watcher is a poem about Tanya and Jordan, two students who know pain and hardship in various forms but learn that having hope in something bigger than themselves can lead their hearts in the right direction More than a touching story, I learned that the form of poetry in this title is called the golden shovel It seems difficult to do but I wonder if my students would [...]


    Jillian

    I liked it a lot than I thought I would I was unfamiliar with the Golden Shovel method of poetry, and so I thought the book was just going to be a sort of retelling of the Psalm But instead, it was its own story, that kind of followed the meaning without using the words except as demanded by the Golden Shovel In fact, you could easily read the whole story without even realizing the words of the Psalm are there The illustrations are also fascinating.


    Samantha

    A poetic story written using the Golden Shovel form which uses the words from Psalm 121 to tell the stories of three children who find friendship in each other and the Lord s intervention in making it all happen The stories told here are so compelling and complex, which just makes the storytelling all the artful considering that it is told using such a strict form Highly recommended for sharing with K 6 Truly powerful.Paint and collage illustrations.


    Debbie

    This is a very creative book, written in golden shovel, a type of poetry where a new story is written within the use of an old poem In this case, the story is based from Psalm 121 The background of the story is set in the New York City area The characters themselves were from the Marlboro and Balmville School Districts I love how Ms Grimes took a poem and intertwined it with a new, riveting story Very powerful use of words, with great illustrations to bring those words to life.


    Elaine

    Interesting idea but ultimately awkward Using the verses from Psalm 121, Grimes crafts a story of two kids fearful Jordan and bully Tanya A new boy joins their class and changes their perspectives The poetic technique used here is called Golden Shovel Young readers could be inspired by the book to use this form but the story itself is not inspiring, despite the kids religious devotion.


    Brenda

    Great The text on the flyleaf says Nikki Grimes takes the words of Psalm 121 and masterfully transforms them into a series of golden shovel poems about friendship, compassion and faith This entirely sums up the book Nikki Grimes is a genius wordsmith And Bryan Collier s art is a perfect match with the text.


    Jason

    Not a big fan of poetry fiction, but there was something really special about this I loved the structure of the poem and the challenge that represents for an author My favorite line I watch myself, like some stranger, rise and march right over to sit beside my old enemy, because you tell me your plan for her includes something nicer than a lonely life Beautiful.


    Julie Seifert

    HmmI really wanted to like this I like Bryan Collier s artwork But the story was, in my opinion, kind of hard to follow I also didn t like the religious aspect of it, but that s just my taste It wouldn t be appropriate for a school library because of that, though, in my opinon.


    Amy

    Saving this one for my poetry unit Kids will have fun writing Golden Shovel poetry Nikki does a great job explaining this form of poetry at the end of the book Important message of friendship despite misunderstandings, hurt, and hopelessness.


    Diane

    People are puzzles, even Tanya not all good, nor all bad, but mixed Psalm 121 from the perspective of Jordan and Tanya, one a bully, the other a victim Written in the form of poetry called golden shovel.


    Wrenn Nicodemo

    I met Bryan Collier today and bought this book for him to sign The book has alternating stories of two kids who have both been bullied and are handling the issue in different ways The whole story is an adaptation of Psalm 121 and beautifully told.


    Libby

    One of my favorite Psalms comes to life in a new way in this beautiful book Grimes applies a form of poetry called The Golden Shovel to Ps 121 to create a cycle of poems in two voices God s voice helps Jordan see beyond Tanya s bullying to her deep need for love I am in love with this book


    Sara

    Hmm Hard to rate or say how I feel about this one Artwork was wonderful overall Poetic style was great But honestly, the plot the whole story wasn t working for me I don t know how this fell so flat, when it had so many elements working for it


    Desiree

    Nikki Grimes uses the golden shovel method of poetry to great effect in this wonderful picture book She uses Psalm 121 to depict a rocky relationship that changes into a good friendship It was definitely a book I hugged to my chest after reading it.


    Linden

    An ABSOLUTE MUST READ A form of poetry I have not seen before called the golden shovel This book takes Psalm 21 and turns it into a series of poems about bullying, friendship forgiveness, and faith Fantastic art work I see a Caldecott winner here.



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